Agency Group not sleep­ing on help­ing home­less

Guardian Express - - RESIDENTIAL -

THE Agency Group in­vites peo­ple to take part in Vin­nies Drive-in, Sleep-in at the Galaxy Drive-in, Kings­ley on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12 to help raise funds to sup­port peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or are at risk of home­less­ness.

While home­less­ness of­ten brings to mind peo­ple sleep­ing on the street, many oth­ers have no op­tion other than to sleep in their car.

The Agency chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Niar­done said fam­i­lies, friends, the com­mu­nity and busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions were en­cour­aged to sup­port this new event and ex­pe­ri­ence what it was like to sleep in a car.

“More peo­ple are home­less in Aus­tralia than ever be­fore and gov­ern­ment services are de­creas­ing,” he said.

“We con­tinue to see a grow­ing num­ber of fam­i­lies with chil­dren sleep­ing rough and we be­lieve more has to be done to help .

“We strongly be­lieve in get­ting in­volved in the com­mu­nity and our obli­ga­tion to give back, and Vin­nies and the work they do is a per­fect fit.

“As a com­pany that fa­cil­i­tates all as­pects of buy­ing and sell­ing prop­erty, we be­lieve it is our duty to help those who can’t buy or rent a house yet. By work­ing with Vin­nies the funds we raise will go di­rectly to those in need, from pro­vid­ing bed­ding, cloth­ing and gro­ceries to fund­ing the cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion cen­tre which helps out so many in times of need.”

Vin­nies ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of so­cial en­ter­prise Carl Prowse said the event would high­light the com­plex is­sues that sur­round home­less­ness and so­cial dis­ad­van­tage.

“The Drive-in, Sleep-in event chal­lenges peo­ple to break out of their com­fort zone for one night to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to sleep in their car,” he said.

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